Kema Malki
University of South Florida
GeneBiogeochemistryGenomeMicrobiomeMetagenomicsMarine bacteriophageAquatic ecosystemEcologyWhole genome sequencingLower urinary tract symptomsmothurData sequencesEnvironmental scienceFisheryBacteriaGeneticsProphageAquiferUrinary systemSurface waterBiologyMicrobiologySampling (statistics)Human microbiomeHorizontal gene transfer
17Publications
7H-index
344Citations
Publications 16
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#1Noah Yonas (USF: University of South Florida)
#2Paige Boleman (USF: University of South Florida)
Last. Mya Breitbart (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 67
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Vibrio natriegens is a naturally occurring marine bacterium that is emerging as a microbiological model system. Here, we describe Aquatic Killer 99 (AQKL99), a novel phage that infects Vibrio natriegens 14048. The genome of the phage is 58,464 bp long, has a GC content of 45.9%, and contains 51 protein-coding genes.
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#1Adrienne P. Hollister (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 1
#2Makenzie Kerr (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 1
Last. Kristen N. Buck (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 24
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#1Kema Malki (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 3
#1Kema Malki (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 7
Last. Mya Breitbart (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 67
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Aquifers, which are essential underground freshwater reservoirs worldwide, are understudied ecosystems that harbor diverse forms of microbial life. This study investigated the abundance and composition of prokaryotic and viral communities in the outflow of five springs across northern Florida, USA, as a proxy of microbial communities found in one of the most productive aquifers in the world, the Floridan aquifer. The average abundances of virus-like particles and prokaryotic cells were slightly ...
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#1Mya Breitbart (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 67
#2Chelsea Bonnain (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 3
Last. Natalie A. Sawaya (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 5
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Viruses numerically dominate our oceans; however, we have only just begun to document the diversity, host range and infection dynamics of marine viruses, as well as the subsequent effects of infection on both host cell metabolism and oceanic biogeochemistry. Bacteriophages (that is, phages: viruses that infect bacteria) are highly abundant and are known to play critical roles in bacterial mortality, biogeochemical cycling and horizontal gene transfer. This Review Article summarizes current knowl...
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#1Mya Breitbart (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 67
#2Kema Malki (USF: University of South Florida)H-Index: 3
Last. Mark O. Martin (UPS: University of Puget Sound)H-Index: 3
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The public has recently gained an increased appreciation of “good” or “friendly” bacteria, including commensal bacteria that are part of the healthy human microbiome (1) and bacteria present in common probiotic food products such as yogurt (2). Despite this new perception of bacteria, the term “virus” still has a predominantly negative connotation that is almost exclusively associated with disease (3). Consequently, the public frequently asks questions such as “Are there any good viruses?” In fa...
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#1Catherine PutontiH-Index: 16
#2Kema MalkiH-Index: 7
Last. Linda BrubakerH-Index: 79
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#1Travis K. Price (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 10
#2Majed Shaheen (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 1
Last. Alan J. Wolfe (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 60
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ABSTRACT While Lactobacillus crispatus contributes to the stability of normal vaginal microbiota, its role in urinary health remains unclear. As part of an on-going attempt to characterize the female urinary microbiota, we report the genome sequence of an L. crispatus strain isolated from a woman displaying no lower urinary tract symptoms.
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#1Kema Malki (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 7
#2Emily Sible (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 5
Last. Catherine Putonti (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 16
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ABSTRACT Recent research has debunked the myth that urine is sterile, having uncovered bacteria within the bladders of healthy individuals. However, the identity, diversity, and putative roles of bacteriophages in the bladder are unknown. We report the draft genome sequences of seven bacteriophages isolated from microbial communities from adult female bladders.
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#1Kema Malki (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 7
#2Jason W. Shapiro (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 7
Last. Catherine Putonti (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 16
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Bacterial surveys of the vaginal and bladder human microbiota have revealed an abundance of many similar bacterial taxa. As the bladder was once thought to be sterile, the complex interactions between microbes within the bladder have yet to be characterized. To initiate this process, we have begun sequencing isolates, including the clinically relevant genus Gardnerella. Herein, we present the genomic sequences of four Gardnerella strains isolated from the bladders of women with symptoms of urgen...
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#1Siobhan C. Watkins (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 6
#2Neil Kuehnle (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 1
Last. Catherine Putonti (LUC: Loyola University Chicago)H-Index: 16
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Bacteriophages are powerful ecosystem engineers. They drive bacterial mortality rates and genetic diversity, and affect microbially mediated biogeochemical processes on a global scale. This has been demonstrated in marine environments; however, phage communities have been less studied in freshwaters, despite representing a potentially more diverse environment. Lake Michigan is one of the largest bodies of freshwater on the planet, yet to date the diversity of its phages has yet to be examined. H...
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